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The 24-year-old American YouTuber, who has won his last two professional boxing bouts by way of stoppage, has vowed to knock former Bellator and ONE welterweight champion Askren out 'within the first two rounds'.
It's safe to say Paul comes into the fight with a huge amount of confidence considering his lack of experience and on Friday night, he tried some McGregor-like mind games to make his opponent uncomfortable.
Dear @TheNotoriousMMA , I wrote you but still ain't callin'....- Gökhan Saki (@gokhantherebel) April 17, 2021
I left my cell, my pager, and my home phone at the bottom. I sent two letters back in autumn, you must not-a got 'em....
With love Jake. pic.twitter.com/mqLTyIOeEv
You can see the official weigh-in below, with boxing YouTube account iFL TV even picking up on the McGregor moves.
Despite trying his best to make Askren flinch, he failed to do so.
The mind-games have been on-going for weeks. In the press conference last month, it was Askren who managed rattle the younger man by talking about Jake's brother, Logan Paul.
"I'd heard of Jake Paul prior to accepting this fight, but I couldn't have told you a lot about him or his brother," the former ONE Welterweight champion began.
"I knew he kinda came up in his brother's shadow, he was trying to follow his brother's footsteps.
"His brother's a lot more talented, has a larger following."
It's embarrassing how bad Jake Paul wants to be Conor McGregor. Ben Askren, do the entire planet proud and beat this fool. pic.twitter.com/SmzJEV5gjI- Sobervated Conor :flag_ie: (Fan of Conor McGregor) (@SobervatedConor) April 16, 2021
Trying to hit back, Paul answered, "You literally went on your Instagram and asked people for roasts. You asked people for roasts on your Instagram and that was the top comment, 'Say that his brother is better than him.'"
Askren recently appeared on an episode of Logan Paul's IMPAULSIVE to discuss the upcoming bout with his brother.
"I always think with something like this... there's the skill of whatever you're doing. There's also the skill of being a competitor. You know, he's only fought two times against guys who weren't really all that high level," he says.
"His skill as a combat athlete probably isn't that high yet, and it's gonna take a while to get there."
Who will win this one? Paul or Askren?
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